[p_ɹ_ɪ_p_ˈa_ɹ_ə_t_ə_ɹ_ˌɪ], [pɹɪpˈaɹətəɹˌɪ], [pɹɪpˈaɹətəɹˌɪ]

Definitions of preparatory:

  1.   Serving to make ready or to fit for something further; being fitted or made ready, as by instruction.
  2.   Occupied in preparation. preparative.
  3.   Preparing the way for anything by previous measures of adaptation; antecedent and adapted to what follows; introductory; preparative; as, a preparatory school; a preparatory condition.
  4.   Preparing for: previous: introductory: preparative.
  5.   Serving as a preparation.
  6.   Previously necessary; introductory; preliminary.
  7.   preceding and preparing for something; " preparatory steps"
  8.   Preparing; introductory.
  9.   Preparing for something; introductory; preliminary.

Antonyms for preparatory:

behind, following, after, succeeding, subsequent.

Quotes for preparatory:

  1. I was at the Royal Art School. That was a preparatory school specially for art teachers. You see, it was not so much for the development of artists. But we had there terribly stiff training. – Josef Albers
  2. The preparatory education of candidates for knighthood was long and arduous. – Thomas Bulfinch
  3. To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand. – Zoltan Kodaly
  4. Be convinced that, if man were able to reach the end without preparatory studies, such studies would not be preparatory but tiresome and utterly superfluous. – Maimonides
  5. The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men. – John Henry Newman
  6. The Preparatory Commission held a total of four sessions, the last of which took place just under two years after its creation, from 31 January to 14 February 1967. – Alfonso G. Robles
  7. The other aspect of idealism is the one which gives us our notion of the absolute Self. To it the first is only preparatory This second aspect is the one which from Kant, until the present time, has formed the deeper problem of thought. – Josiah Royce
  8. This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view. – Josiah Royce

Usage examples for preparatory:

  1. “ Aliaga died in 1626, when his trial had not advanced further than the preparatory instruction. ” – The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. by Juan Antonio Llorente
  2. She arose and dressed preparatory to leaving the train. ” – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  3. It is almost noon, and Sartoris, sitting in his library, writing some business letters,- preparatory to catching the up train to town,- is disturbed by a light knock at the door. ” – Faith and Unfaith by Duchess
  4. Moving slightly to my right, I was quickly seen, and the animal turned its flank preparatory to making off. ” – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  5. George, after his usual morning's work, brought in the lime, and broke it up preparatory to grinding it up into small particles, so that it would intimately mix with the sand. ” – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  6. He turned his back to the stage, and folded his arms upon the velvet cushion of the box preparatory to indulging himself in a deliberate inspection of the audience. ” – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
  7. One dreadful morning, when the lessons had turned out even more badly than usual, Mr. Murdstone seized hold of me and twisted my head under his arm preparatory to beating me with a cane. ” – The World's Greatest Books, Vol III by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  8. They point out that a preparatory course for the trades and a preparatory course with college as the goal differ not only in length but in kind. ” – Wage Earning and Education by R. R. Lutz
  9. Suppose yourself, gentle reader, standing at the gate of one of the forts in Hudson Bay, watching a savage arranging his snow- shoes, preparatory to entering the gloomy forest. ” – Hudson Bay by R.M. Ballantyne
  10. At the same time, he determined to try Angouleme, where he sometimes went to stay with a relation, M. Grand- Besancon, and had met a M. Berges, chief of the Government preparatory school, who was much struck by his talent, and promised to help him. ” – Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings by Mary F. Sandars
  11. The history, of course, I expected would be a long affair, and I did not quite suppose that I could despatch the literature in any short time; besides, I had several considerable poems on hand that occupied me a good deal, and worked at these as well as advanced myself in Italian, preparatory to the efforts before me. ” – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  12. At fourteen I was sent away to a preparatory school, and afterwards to college. ” – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  13. “ I, too, had my revolver in my hand, and as I twisted in my seat, preparatory to rising, in sheer nervousness I dropped the weapon upon the carpet. ” – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
  14. 20 He then called his troops together, and addressed to them a few words preparatory to marching. ” – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  15. Upon Abd- el- Kader's appearance, the men moved off, one by one, and quietly packed up their effects, preparatory to a general flight. ” – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  16. In a farewell lecture, Gordon's preparatory school master had given him to believe that it mattered a good deal, but he was doubtless old- fashioned. ” – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  17. It should receive boys 14 to 16 years of age who desire direct trade- preparatory training. ” – Wage Earning and Education by R. R. Lutz
  18. Such is a shortened account of the preparatory stages of the ceremonies through which Myles Falworth passed. ” – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  19. She was thinking of all this up in her own room, preparatory to the reception of this other girl, while Mr. Dosett was bidding her welcome to Kingsbury Crescent in the drawing- room below. ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope

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